We are thrilled to announce that the London JCT has become is a recipient of Westminster’s Community Contribution Fund
The fund is part of the Community Contribution COVID-19 Grant Scheme to support people who found themselves rough sleeping in Westminster during the covid-19 pandemic.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have continued to provide remote casework support through our REACT project. This has been challenging but effective as we have supported over 40 people to find accommodation or access crisis support.
We are now working more closely with local voluntary organisations and groups in Westminster to identify where the need is greatest and offer our support.
Several talks with the Westminster Rough Sleeping Commissioner team have established that there is a dire need for many local rough sleepers to access showers, laundry and clean clothing. In response to this, we re-opened our building services on May 1st as a Crisis Hygiene Hub to meet the needs of up to 100 rough sleepers a week. The Hub operates as a referral only, appointment-based system in close collaboration with Westminster outreach teams and other voluntary partners. Due to the ongoing need for social distancing and other measures to protect against COVID-19 transmission, extra precautions are taken and the project is carefully risk assessed and reviewed. We are also acutely aware of the need to facilitate access to sustainable accommodation for rough sleepers as quickly as possible. Therefore a key element of the project is to offer caseworker support and advice to enable clients to find a pathway off the streets during these difficult times.
For stories of how the hub has had a positive impact click here
If you would like to donate specifically to the Hygiene Hub please click here.